India 1795: John Beecham, a former soldier in the East India Company, arrives at a grand mansion determined to leave the past behind and start a new life, but he brings along a secret–a baby of mixed parentage who must be kept in hiding.
With the arrival of his mother, and the discovery of his younger brother in a military camp close by, John has fulfilled his dream of having his family reunited. But, the arrival of the mysterious Chandrika throws the household into chaos.
A murder throws John’s plans of staying in Delhi into jeopardy. A person close within the household reveals his true colors with dangerous consequences. Margaret proves she is trustworthy when, at great personal risk, she helps John.
Chandrika visits John’s room late at night, witnessed by Violet who tells all to his mother. Margaret is told, and devastated, decides to leave Delhi. John realizes he has no choice but to reveal the truth about his past.
John is shocked to discover that Margaret has left Delhi, but there is worse news at home. The truth behind Daniel’s relationship with Chanchal is exposed. Castillon arrests John. Who has betrayed John--and who can save him?
John figures out who has betrayed him, as Daniel, Margaret, and Chandrika try to help release him. But, only the Emperor can set him free. When John finally returns home, he discovers the house has been attacked. Who has taken baby August?
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In the true spirit of revisionist history, there the handsome and politically correct hero finds himself ahead of the times, virtue signaling his distaste for the predatory East India Company by setting up the equivalent of Ten Thousand Villages based on fair trade. He also nobly ignores the caste system and his colleagues' British colonialist prejudices by marrying an Indian woman and single handedly raising his son. His mother, a combination of Mrs. Bennett and Lady Catherine De Bourg, handily acts as a vehicle for expressing every horrible prejudice attributed to the British people then and now, particularly Christians who talk about Jesus but of course act horribly toward all people of color and who did nothing to mitigate the horrors of suttee, shrine prostitution, child marriage and so forth. Lavish sets and costumes do not help this tedious and preachy melodrama, nor does the acting do justice to the terrible script. The one positive is that the male leads wear great rock star costumes.
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2020
We loved watching this Netflix series and looked forward to seeing it each night- It had intrigue, romance, history- along with outstanding actors, beautiful costumes and stunning venues. However, because the series ended so abruptly, we were VERY disappointed and wondered what happened at the end to the baby. I hope this series will continue in the future, as we thought it was the very best of all the series my husband and I have watched!
We could not get a picture, just audio. We were able to access another series, Midsomer Murders, with video, so I feel the problem was technical. However, I don't wish to pay for something I could not access. Dietre
This show was good but the last episode is choppy and leaves way to much to be desired. The producers/directors or whom ever should have at least made a last episode to explain things towards the end. Or make a second season. I liked this mini series but it gets one star from me due to the ending of the last episode. 6 episodes in total, so would it have been too much to ask for at least a 7th episode to clarify what happened? I would understand if it was a cliff hanger for a season 2 but that doesn't seem so. I feel cheated and wasted my time on this.
I agree with other reviewers who say they wasted their time watching this series. The setting and costuming are fabulous. The storyline is just okay...it could have been much better. The real issue is that during the last few minutes of the last episode there are major events creating a dramatic cliffhanger. I have done lots of research and there is no plan to create a Season 2. Shame on PBS for purchasing this series. Don't waste your time.